Pasado's Safe Haven

Rating: 4.11 stars   105 reviews

Address:

PO Box 171 Sultan WA 98294 USA

Mission:

Working to end animal cruelty.

Target demographics:

Pasado's Safe Haven works to end animal cruelty.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

animals by investigating over 415 cases of neglect and abuse. We successfully performed over 3,000 spay/neuter surgeries to income qualified households and provided over 5,000 lbs of dog and cat food to local residents. Over 150 domestic and farmed animals call our sanctuary "home" on any given day

Geographic areas served:

Washington State and beyond

Programs:

Spay/neuter assistance to low income households, pet food bank programs, cruelty investigations, animal rescue for both farmed and companion animals, and outreach and education.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with animals for 12 years. When I came across Pasados, I loved their mission and wanted to help. I've been a volunteer for almost 2 years now and can't say enough great things. They are dedicated and truly care about their animals. They go above and beyond to make sure the animals are happy and taken care of. I'm so happy that I chose Pasados as my happy place. I go every week because it makes me so happy to see how happy the animals are. Thank you Pasados for being so amazing!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering some time at Pasado's Safe Haven, and the first thing I noticed was how clean the facility is, and how concerned they are, not only with the animals health, but their mental health also. The male goats they saved were all loving, gentle animals, well socialized not only with humans, but with other goats. I'm very impressed with this facility.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with Pasado's since Feb 2015. I love the open and welcoming atmosphere at the sanctuary. Everybody is there for the animals and no matter their job title, they are more that ready to help with whatever needs to be done. I have learned a lot and made some great friends.
Pasado's Safe Haven is a leader in animal welfare. They educate the community and fight tirelessly for the animals.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is samantha and I've been with posado's for a over 2 and a half years. I work with the dogs and cats. My time here has been amazing,eventful,and truly a blessing to get to know the staff and the animals here. My time with them has changed the way I see things and how I could help in ways I couldnt.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My husband and I rehabbed 3 of the Fox hounds rescued by Pasado. These beautiful animals might have been put down without the wonderful job PSH did to get them the help they needed. We were able to find 2 of the fixies great homes. One, we fell in love with and adopted!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The financials are public now, and the executive director makes just $50,000 a year. My husband and I have been volunteering at Pasado's for over a year and love everything about it, from the way they treat the animals to their message about animal welfare, including veganism. It's a beacon of hope in a world of factory farming. Thank you, Pasado's!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I volunteer for Pasado's mobile spay/neuter clinic intended to assist the low income residents of King County. There is also one for Pierce County. I have extensive experience with medical care for animals from working at a vet and owning a farm, so I thought I'd try out offering some hours as a volunteer. My supervisor/trainer is very sweet and very good at dealing with the public, I have learned so much from her and am very thankful for each opportunity I'm given. The amount of patience she has is astounding because I normally dislike working with the public. It can be very nice when you are thanked and appreciated but when you are on the receiving end of rudeness or someone doesn't listen to instructions or what have you, it can really bring you down and make you want to quit. Yet the employees continue on with their life's passion. I have no doubt that they could be making more money with a different medical facility but I have to admit, it 's kind of fun assisting with surgeries inside the back of a custom mobile home, so there are perks!
So I've read some other reviews including negative ones and wanted to tell others of my experience with this organization. I have worked with only educated, intelligent professionals that are caring and helpful. If there is any comment to be had of volunteer turnover, it is only that it is the nature of volunteers to come and go. It is amazing how our volunteer coordinator can schedule that many volunteers not truly knowing if they might flake out and not show up. She deserves a medal!
As to any comments about the earnings of board members or whatever, considering the amount of work it takes to run a company - let alone, a nonprofit, several animal medical clinics, rescue facilities, and forge then KEEP relationships with other animal welfare services and donors.. they deserve a hell of a lot more than $63K or even $100K, whichever it is in 2015.
I look forward to many more hours volunteering with these great people at a great nonprofit. Thank you to everyone there and the other volunteers that give their time, as well as those who cannot offer their time so they offer monetary donations instead.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Just some quick, but important clarifications, for previous posters:

The $63,000 figure you report was the salary of Pasado's Interim Executive Director; if you dig a little deeper, you'll find that the organization's current Executive Director makes over $100,000. Not quite as comparable with other rescue organizations...

As a past insider, I can assure you that the vast majority of employees were not "pushed out" due to the organization's vegan policy. Although this policy remained somewhat contentious among the staff, the mass exodus of employees from late 2013 to early 2014 stemmed from animal care failings and management wrongs committed against fellow employees--the type of people who recognize that equality campaigns lack tenacity and integrity if lacking inclusivity (i.e., that the humans involved in the campaigns must also be treated with respect and fairness), often refuse to continue working in environments that have not yet grasped this fundamental concept. And, even those who overlook this hypocrisy, simply cannot stand by and watch rescued animals receive sub-par care from an organization that claims to and can afford to do right (in fact, goes so far as to claim itself a "premier" national animal rescue organization).

Finally, I think it's unfair to claim that those critical of this organization have an "axe to grind". This site is about bringing to light things that those outside of organizations would not know, which, unfortunately in the case of certain non-profits, are ugly; but that doesn't make them less true and, by some accounts, makes them even more important to voice. It's great for you if you're a supporter of the organization, but reporting false information and directly relaying the hollow words of current management, while criticizing those who have important information to share, doesn't help the animals or support the purpose of this webpage...except from Pasado's perspective, given management's adoration of easily-achievable accolades that require no proof of fitness (like the "Great Nonprofits" stamp, earned by positive comments from unidentifiable members of the public, who are too often current employees and their family members).

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

If you would like to have an above board, productive conversation about any concerns you have with Pasado's Safe Haven, past or present, please contact me at lindal@pasadosafehaven.org.

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Before starting to volunteer at Pasado's, I read about the trouble its founders (no longer there) had with the state and found that its new CEO's pay ($63K/year) was the same or less than that of other sanctuaries this size. I also saw a few negative comments here and so read further. It seems the new CEO pushed out some people who insisted on eating animal flesh and secretions while on the grounds of a sanctuary that's attempting to save animals from that exact fate. Good for her! So I started volunteering -- and I have loved it and seen the new management make the most wonderful changes for the animals in terms of space, the expertise and passion of employees, and the overall quality of care. I'm surprised the critics continue to grind their axes here. Very selfish. I hope they'll move on, for the sake of the animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wish that prior management hadn't chosen workers and volunteers who are so proud and hellbent on having their way/eating meat that they can't see they're ultimately hurting the animals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I volunteered in Kitty City for about a year-and-a-half. Great place! I only stopped because of time constraints (It's a 45 minute drive each way for me). I miss it.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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